Congratulations Karen and Daryl, your love story is truly inspiring!
Rias's focus for her Bat Mitzvah was spreading kindness. But for Risa, and her entire family, being kind is not just a catchphrase or cute hashtag, but something they live each and every day. Mazel Tov Risa, may your kindness continue shine bright and inspire everyone around you.
That someday, these would be the good old days”
-Good Old Days by Macklemore
Some days as parents we just can’t wait to get the next stage of our child’s life, but most of the time we look at them in wonder and think “where did the time go?” Mazel Tov to Olivia and her entire family, may all your best days be ahead of you.
The soundtrack to Olivia’s Slide Show included:
In My Life by The Beatles
Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
Count On Me by Bruno Mars
Good Old Days by Macklemore
Good As Hell by Lizzo
“You don't have to be afraid to put your dream in action.
You're never gonna fade you'll be the main attraction.
In my victory
Just remember me
When I make it Shine!"
-Shine by Victoria Justice
Mazel Tov Sadie, on beaming a Bat Mitzvah! May you continue to shine and fill the world with your light and dreams.
The soundtrack to Sadie's Bat Mitzvah slide show included:
Firework by Karie Perry
Count On Me by Bruno Mars
Make It Shine by Victoria Justice
Oath by Cher Lloyd
This slide show has it all. Star Wars, Legos, Harry Potter, and Broadway. But in addition to all the "things" Rafi loves, it also has his heart, his humor and the joy he brings to others shining through in every photo. Mazel Tov Rafi! May you continue to find wonder in the world and spread your joy and kindness.
Just the coach and me after we lost state ten to nine
And I cried man next time to get in here I'll have to buy a ticket
Can't you give me five more minutes"
-Five More Minutes by Scotty McCreery
Perfect lyrics to celebrate two high school seniors, football players and friends.
Congratulations Jacob and Blaine on your graduation!
What a privilege to create a slide show for Emmy, whom I have known she was in preschool. It was a fantastically fun puzzle to combine all the videos and photos into her slide show story, and the opening segment gives a brief glimpse into how much fun the entire slide show was to create. Every parent takes a series of photos hoping one day they may be used for a Bat Mitzvah or Wedding video - and 13 years later, Emmy's family got their wish.
"If you need something to believe in
If you're looking for a light to guide you home
Just look inside
You light a shining brighter than you know
You should know
I'm never gonna let you down"
Lyrics from Never Gonna Let You Down by Colbie Caillat
Mazel Tov Ava, on becoming a Bat Mitzvah. May you continue to be a source of light and joy!
After working on Rebecca's Instaglam Bat Mitzvah slide show a few years ago, it was a pleasure to create another photo themed slide show for the Barnholtz family. Mazel Tov Alissa!
The soundtrack to Alissa's slide show included:
Perfect, by Ed Sheeran
Home, by Phillip Phillips
Best Day of My Life, by American Authors
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
-Slow Down by Nicole Nordeman
After creating a slide show for Kate's bother's Bar Mitzvah, I was thrilled to work with her family again and make something special for Kate. Mazel Tov Kate, on your Bat Mitzvah!
Her slide show soundtrack included:
Baby Mine - Alison Krauss
We're Going to Be Friends - The White Stripes
One Call Away - Charlie Puth
We Are - Keke Palmer
It was such a joy to design an album for Ellen and Frank, hear about their wedding day, and help celebrate their love. Happy Valentine's Day, and I wish you many, many more.
You can view the full album by clicking here or on the images below.
I am grateful and honored to serve as the St. Louis Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope. Founded in 2001 by the parents of a child with cancer, Flashes of Hope is a volunteer driven organization solely focused on children's cancer. With chapters in 55 cities, we photograph more than 50% of the children annually diagnosed in the United States.
In 2009, we began funding research and have already raised millions of dollars through our Kick-It program and other initiatives.
Inspired by the families I met at our photo shoots, I grew my hair for Wigs For Kids. It took 14 months to grow the 12 inches necessary, and I gladly chopped it all off last month.
Flashes of Hope is changing the way kids with cancer see themselves. You can change the life of a child with cancer. Donate now at flashesofhope.org
As the saying goes, it's the longest shortest time. Kids make us laugh, they make us cry, and above all else, they remind us there is always beauty and kindness in the world. The full Spotify playlist is at the bottom of the blog.
Baby Mine - Alsion Krauss
Baby mine / Don't you cry / Baby mine / Dry your eyes / Rest your head close to my heart / Never to part / Baby of mine
Barefoot Children - Jimmy Buffet
Barefoot children in the rain / Got no need to explain / We'd be swingin' on a ball and chain / It's always understood by those who play the game / barefoot children in the rain
Home - Phillip Phillips
Settle down, it'll all be clear / Don't pay no mind to the demons / They fill you with fear / The trouble it might drag you down / If you get lost, you can always be found / Just no you're not alone / Cause I'm going to make this place your home
Fun fact of the day: This quote is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln. I am skeptical, since they were called daguerreotypes, not photographs or pictures during the 1800's. However, the sentiment remains the same. Stop scrolling and saving only the perfect shots, and preserve all the memories of our beautiful but imperfect lives.
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#OregonTrail is the story of one family's journey across America. Driving from DC to Oregon in 82 days, 10 states, and an enormous amount of potty breaks, Michael and Cathy had the summer road trip of a lifetime. Read More...
Every year since 1975 photographer Nicholas Nixon has photographed his wife and her three sisters. Always in the same order, always with the same camera, and the sisters together agree on the final image each year. The St. Louis Art Museum is currently hosting a free exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the project, and it is amazing.
"Being an only child, it was really gratifying and lovely to be embraced by this family. There's still a ground water of affection, and support. I look back at these thirty-some pictures and it's like they're of my sisters. I can feel myself getting old with them. And I'm part of them; they're part of my love." -Nicholas Nixon
No celebration of Beth and Michael could be complete without their beloved dog Daisy, so the slide show ended with a recreation of "The Simpsons" couch gag, complete with caricatures of Michael, Beth, and of course Daisy. Lets raise a can of Duff's to toast the happy couple as they begin their life together.